Thursday, August 5, 2010

Book Envy: The King of Attolia

I'm in love. With a thief. How unlike me!

So, I read 'The Thief' a month ago, loved it, and picked up 'The King of Attolia' from the library a few days ago. I'd liked 'The Thief' enough that I requested the rest of the series, and yes, I know I skipped 'The Queen of Attolia'. I thought 'The King of Attolia' was next, but soon realized I had missed at least one book's worth of events. But it didn't matter. I have a hard time (nearly impossible?) putting down a good book once I get past the first page. A so-so book is hard to stop, even when my kiddoes want dinner and are dancing around me, jumping on the bed, saying things like, "Mom, are you going to read ALL DAY?" But a good book? I'm hopelessly addicted.

But I didn't neglect my kids yesterday. I started it after dinner and then stayed up until 1 am. And this morning I want to read it again, to get all the details that I missed the first time, but I have to go to the library and pick up 'The Queen of Attolia'. I have this idea that I should wait to open it until tonight, but what I'd really like to do is take the kids to the Y splashpad- it's a concrete pad with sprinklers and sprayers and nozzles that no one could possibly drown in, even if I didn't look up for two hours. Yes, I may just do that.

Eugenides is my new favorite literary character, more than Katniss, more than Tally, more than Ender. He is so very funny and tricky and reminds me a lot of Capt Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Carribean, except you can tell a little sooner that he actually cares about the people around him.

I love these books so much that I wish I had written them. Sigh. Will I ever be that good? No, will I ever be half that good? I don't know, but I intend to read and reread and basically take Megan Whalen Turner's brain apart and examine it until I can put it back together in 3.5 seconds while blindfolded.

Read these books. They are AMAZING! This book made me realize that it could be fun to write about castles and kings and assasins. Happy reading!


  1. Gen is one of my favorite characters -- actually, they all are. Such amazing books, and definitely something everyone should read. Can't wait for the next one to come out.

  2. Thanks for the recommendation, Kelly. I was running out of books to read:)

  3. Chersti- I saw your interview with the author- Megan Turner Whalen. Very nice! I'd love to meet her, even if via email. And Krista- you're welcome;) I saw it on several other writer's blogs and finally checked it out.
    Tahereh- No problem! Let me know if you liked it.
    Thanks for hanging out with me for a bit.

  4. Haha! You had the exact same reaction to these books that I did. Megan Whalen Turner is amazing.

  5. Hey Myrna- maybe you're one of the people that blogged about these books? I know I heard them mentioned several places...